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Auction: Golden Age of Cinema Costumes Worn by Monroe, Hepburn, Grant, Sinatra, Brando and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2011 at 6:30AM

The Debbie Reynolds Collection of Golden Age of Cinema memorabilia, props and costumes (worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando and Clark Gable) goes up for auction at the Paley Center for Media on June 18. Joe Maddalena's Profiles in History is putting on the auction of over 3,500 items, which has been costing collector Reynolds far too much money to maintain.
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The Debbie Reynolds Collection of Golden Age of Cinema memorabilia, props and costumes (worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando and Clark Gable) goes up for auction at the Paley Center for Media on June 18. Joe Maddalena's Profiles in History is putting on the auction of over 3,500 items, which has been costing collector Reynolds far too much money to maintain.

Here's Cari Beauchamp's WSJ piece; more info below:

[Pictured: A primitive costume from 1968's Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston.]

On June 18, Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, will put The Debbie Reynolds Collection up for auction at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Debbie Reynolds has over 3,500 items in a collection of props, costumes and memorabilia that has been building for over 40 years. These are treasures from the Golden Age of Cinema and a true representation of Hollywood history that will never be seen together again.

Our first release detailed fabulous costumes worn by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland but the iconic male stars will be represented as well. Major pieces include,  Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly's dark blue wool navy sailor uniforms with medals and caps from Anchors Aweigh, both with their names handwritten on the MGM labels in the tops. Gene Kelly also has three beautiful costumes from Singin' In The Rain up for auction, his "Don Lockwood," green and ivory square patterned jacket with matching pants and shoes from the 'Fit as a Fiddle' number, his pewter brocade cavalier period jacket with rhinestone buttons, grey suede shoes and silver metal buckle from the 'Dancing Cavalier' scenes and his pink, heavy tufted-pile wool, gag sport coat with baby blue and maroon "crazy quilt" overstitching, worn in the 'Gotta Dance' Number. Cary Grant will also be making an appearance with his "John Robie" gray wool sport coat from Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, the internal label is marked CARY GRANT APRIL 1954.

Other unbelievable men's costumes up for auction include Marlon Brando's "1st Lt. Fletcher Christian" grey satin quilted robe and complete naval outfit from Mutiny on the Bounty, also from Mutiny is Clark Gable's ivory wool vest and pantaloons. Clark Gable's personal dressing gown for off screen time during Gone with the Wind, Rudolph Valentino's "Juan Gallardo" Suit of Lights matador outfit by Travis Banton from Blood and Sand, Charlton Heston's "Judah Ben-Hur" tunic and cape from the royal procession in Ben-Hur and his "Col. George Taylor" primitive robe of rags from Planet of the Apes (pictured left), Robert Duvall's "Lt. Col. Kilgore" olive green tropical combat coat with "Kilgore" and U.S. Army patches and signature yellow scarf from Apocalypse Now, Basil Rathbone's "Sherlock Holmes" signature iconic caped overcoat  from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Hound of the Baskervilles (pictured right), James Cagney's "George M. Cohan" clown outfit from Yankee Doodle Dandy, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.'s complete "Petruchio" costume from Taming of the Shrew, Errol Flynn's "Don Juan de Marana" dark green two piece suit from Adventures of Don Juan and John Wayne's "Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham" jacket and pants from Pittsburgh, amongst many others.

The Paley Center for Media will be open to the public for previews on June 4 - June 5, June 8 - June 12, June 15 - June 17, 12pm to 5pm. You can view the entire catalogue online at profilesinhistory and during the auction you can bid online at icollector.

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